STF_VON NEUHAUS

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VON NEUHAUS — Geometric “Bauhaus”-inspired style
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This is the latest evolution of a “Bauhaus”-inspired constructivist style typeface design that originally started 5 years, or two font versions back.
To me personally this is a long awaited triumph, that has finally materialized after years worth of been haunted by this idea, and the crazy speculations about this ghost that would never be...
Well, that was untill now...  So at last, I can now finally proudly present to you this latest of arrivals to come from this unforeseen series of typeface progressions.
This newborn addition is in fact the 3rd phase of this letter concept's evolution, and caused the font project to undergo a series of addaptations that graduatelly increasing the levels of sophistication possible by chaging it's internal structure and behaviour within the FontStruct-editor. This 3rd addaptation unlocks the FontStruct editor's “Expert Mode” full power potential.
Enabling all editor functionallity to provide the most versatile font creation capabilities available within FontStruct.

STF_BLAUHAUS was the font's very first version, created back in early 2019. It's the font's original concept as it innitially was first intended. It essentially started out as a personal study into the design of letters on a small grid. And more importantly, the creation of required composite bricks to do so.
The idea back then was to craft the most complex geometry possible without the use of any “Expert Mode” functionality whatsoever. Now, what this innitially did was still quite novel to me at that time, as this had led to the development of a FontStruction that was solely built from the extensive use of composite bricks. Not just a couple, but a staggering 272 composite bricks in total. Many of which in fact are quite intuitive and required certain amounts of careful thinkering with the maths found in it's geomtry to craft these custom brick compositions.

So as explained above, there was no use of any of FontStruct's “Expert Mode” functions. This meant that the option to nudge, flip or rotate any of the bricks wasn't available. Now this changes everything in respect to building complex fonts, since in order to get all the bits and pieces of a letter such as: crossbars, intersections, curves and corners properly aligned requires, a precisly fitting composite brick to be tailor-made. In terms of the FontStruct limitations, this cause the physical properties of FontStruct's brick composition tool to be fundamental as to how much complexity and refinement can be put into it's letter geometry. In other words this is fundamental as to how well crafted the design is going to look in the end, since there is no option to further manicure shape or form other than from within those bounds of the adjacent 16-brick-array grid squares of a selection for composition.

I've choosen to design the alphabet concept in this “Bauhaus”-inspired geometric style, simply because of the simplicity this style has in terms of its basic pure geometric forms. The final result became this simple and bold looking small grif display type with a “3-bricks” Em-size only.

but it had some crucial compromises that had to be made due to FontStruct's design limitations. Not terrible, but not quite perfect either.
One very important byproduct from this limitations as were described above was a huge collection of very intuitive custom brick compositions that offer seemless alignement and perfect fits, basically an extensive set of custom bricks that work in a very similar fashion as FontStruct's default “Connect” bricks.

Bringing us to the main reason for 2022's version of this font.
STF_BLAUHAUS (Plus) was the font's second version, and most recent state that it sat in for the last year, up till this now. In this 2022 version of the of this font design modification the FontStruct editor's “Expert Mode” functionality was introduced into the design. Hoping to further manicure some of these compromised critical area's in an attempt to see what refinements could be implemented to revise the 2019's original version.

Now that the option to nudge, flip or rotate bricks was available, new more complex geometric shapes suddenly became possible. This sparked an explosion of new characters and additional alternative forms. Although now the FontStruct editor got vastly more versatile and potent, it remained strongly limited by that still present 1:1 brick size filter setting. Nevertheless, this made possible a very substantial update of the older font, and allowed many new shaping capabilities.

STF_VON NEUHAUS is the 3rd and final evolition to have come from my earlier FontStruct endeavours; STF_BLAUHAUS and STF_BLAUHAUS (Plus)
This version  basically saw the transition from a font only using 1:1 brick size filter into a font at 2:2 brick size filter settings to unlock all power potential of the FontStruct editor's “Expert Mode” functions.

I could now write another eqyually as long body of text, explaining what's new in this final version or which other improvements were made, or say about it whatever the hell I want, but I figure that the picture becomes even more apparent when simply comparing the 3 fonts from old to new, and see the evolution happening before your eyes.

Start with STF_BLAUHAUS, folowed by STF_BLAUHAUS (Plus), and witness the full glory of "next-level" FontStructing that made possible the last version STF_VON NEUHAUS.

I hope you like it,

Cheers

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Comment by Sed4tives Tue, 21st november
Comment by Sed4tives Tue, 21st november

I could use some suggestions as to how to sort and re-arrange the flow of glyph alternative sets. Maybe

Private Use Area 1 (Uppercase characters & numerals backwards at the end of this unicode block)

Private Use Area 2 (lowercase and other characters or symbols backwards at the end of this Unicode block)

For the simple reason that at some point during developments the characters would be rearranged into more streamlined sets there has been no kerning beyond the Basic Latin and Latin-1 Supplement.

Comment by Sed4tives Tue, 21st november

This font actually fells like a mix between Joe Taylor's Bauhaus and the original Universal font by Herbert Beyer! Great job! (btw, your fonts are amazing!)

Comment by Ptles Tue, 21st november

Might i ask, did you use faux-bezier curves for this? If so, they look very smooth!

Comment by Ptles Tue, 21st november

@Ptles: Thanks for the kind words pal, about the curves.. Its a mix of both real curves and custom composed near (true-) Beziers approximation (theoretically faux) on circular letters like lowecase letter "o" for example use real curves. Others like for example the alternate form for the capital letter W in the word walkman has a bottom part made up of custom curvatures, the same is with the alternate forms for capital letter "X", both "Vv" and 8, which are found in the Private Use Area 1. These have very well defined non standard custom build curves. Just zoom in on them to take a closer look. There are more, but those are too subtle to really stand out...

Comment by Sed4tives Tue, 21st november

PS: About the inspiration, the 2nd wave of "Bauhaus"-inspired works, indeed by the likes of Joe Taylor's Blippo and others during this 1970's comeback of the style is what stood central in this design. To make it appear slight more faithful to the traditional classic Bauhaus-style I included some of the trade bits into the design taken from Herbert Bayers's Universal alphabet. So you're dead on accurate about these two with your obsevations of my font... kudos! 👌 😎

Comment by Sed4tives Tue, 21st november
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Comment by Sed4tives Wed, 22nd november

I have also completely rearranged and sorted the alternative glyph sets..

Comment by Sed4tives Wed, 22nd november

Speaking of true beziers, I wonder if you have ever made a font outside FontStruct before?

Comment by Bryndan W. Meyerholt (BWM) Wed, 22nd november

Ofcourse I have.. I work with FontLab Studio and when revivins something its typically a combination of FontLab and Adobe Illustrator.

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Comment by Sed4tives Thu, 30th november

The *.gif posted above contains 40+ frames, so it takes some time to complete the cycle.. enjoy!

Comment by Sed4tives Thu, 30th november

What a series of nice and stylish samples you've posted in this font! Congrats! PS: In the descriptive sample of the two red "Nn", a naughty "e" has turned Bayer into Beyer...

Comment by elmoyenique Thu, 30th november

@elmoyenique: Thanks dor the appreciation my friend.

And well, I can no longer edit or remove the sample image that contains the typo... But it's alright!

:P

Comment by Sed4tives Thu, 30th november

Included some extra dingbats.

Comment by Sed4tives Thu, 30th november
Comment by Sed4tives Thu, 30th november
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “STF_VON NEUHAUS” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) Fri, 1st december

Congrats on the Top Pick, compa!

Comment by elmoyenique Fri, 1st december

Congrats on the TP, STF!

Comment by Ptles Fri, 1st december

@RobMeek: Thank you so much for the TP boss.

@elmoyenique, @Pedro: Thanks mateys!

Comment by Sed4tives Fri, 1st december

that "2" is making me feel a certain way 

Comment by w7n Fri, 8th december

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